The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places – Earnest Hemingway.
Our minds and bodies are inextricably linked. This relationship between mind and body serves as the basis of somatic psychology.
The word somatic comes from the ancient Greek word somat meaning body.
Discoveries in neuroscience have provided a scientific foundation for somatic psychology in the treatment of trauma and stress. This research points to the dramatic limitations of talk therapy in easing suffering, and how facilitating awareness of body sensations, imagery and insight is highly effective and transformative.
In Depth Psychology attention is drawn to the importance of what lies below the surface of conscious awareness. This dimension of psychic reality is revealed in the mythical genres of the time, in the expressive arts of a culture, in dreams, and in the symptoms of individuals and communities. The concepts of depth psychology such as the importance of symbol and metaphor in personal imagery or the recognition of the dynamic interplay between the natural world and the human psyche are expressed and explored.
As neuroscience has now convincingly demonstrated the functional unity of mind and body, science is validating one of the foundational principles of depth psychology and somatic experiencing which is an understanding that there are forces in the psyche that stimulate the body’s capacity to heal itself.
In order to study the psyche one must give primary attention to the body – its sensibilities, movements, symptoms, imagery that arises, sensations and gesture.
Using numerous techniques, including dream work, movement as well as ancient healing techniques of non western traditions, we remain aware of the connection to the unconscious and conscious, heightening our healing and transformative process.